§ Mr. David Price
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will report on the progress of the Science Research Council's negotiations with the Institut Max von Laue-Paul Langevin, Grenoble.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
I am glad to report that the Science Research Council has concluded an agreement which will give it ade facto partnership in the Institut from 1st January 1973 on equal terms with the existing French and German partners, thus giving British scientists immediate access to facilities for using high flux neutron techniques for research purposes.
The terms of the agreement have been endorsed in an exchange of letters between the three Governments and provide for modification of the instruments governing the Institut to give formal effect to the agreement. In the meantime, the Science Research Council will play a full part in the management and work of the Institut.